This talk will address the idea of 'safe space' and what it means to be in 'ally'. What is at stake when we commit to being an ally in the LGBTQIAA community? How do we move forward with social change in the professional context of librarianship, staying true to the whole of our communities, to ourselves, and to our careers? How can we commit to inclusive practices that center marginalized voices, while engaging our communities with limited resources? This talk frames the creation of the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus, a reading list in response to the shooting in the Pulse Night Club in June 2016, as a specific example of stepping up as an ally, a commitment to intersectional and inclusive community values, and a mode of digital activism. From how it began, evolved, who was involved and why, the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus project began as a community response to tragedy, created in grief and for healing. The project has grown to become a framework for larger conversations addressing symbolic violence and erasure in society, and in our library collections. This talk addresses how to move forward from an identity-based standpoint as an ally, and into an engaged community-based professional practice and activism.
Hall: Emerald 3